12th October – 1st November 2018
Words Remain gathers and promotes of exciting emerging Māori writers all based in Te Whanganui A Tara. A selection of five poems from five different Māori writers have been printed, black ink onto clear vinyl, and will be on display from the 12th of October until the 1st of November.
Words Remain looks to showcase the diversity of Māori writers amongst Māori. Each piece is distinctively unique to each writer, but ultimately the exhibition gives an overview of the varying viewpoints and styles occurring in contemporary Māori Poetry.
We thank our esteemed guest writers, Patricia Grace, and Briar Grace Smith for reading with us on opening night, warming up and blessing the space.
We hope that you enjoy the exhibition and when you leave, pay attention to the ways in which these words remain with you.
Featured Emerging Writers
Hana Pera Aoake
Hana Pera Aoake (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Raukawa) is an artist and writer trapped in Te Whanganui-a-tara. Hana is a repressed bogan with a heart of gold, currently struggling through the trauma of an MFA at Massey University Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa. Hana works mostly in the Māori collective Fresh and Fruity with Mya Morrison-Middleton (Ngāi Tahu) and writes about their feelings online.
Senior Guest Writers
Briar descends from Ngāti Hau and Ngāpuhi and is an award winning writer of stage plays, short fiction and television scripts. She has also written and directed screenplays.
Briar was recently made an ONZM as part of the Queen’s Birthday Awards.
Patricia Grace descends from Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa & Te Ati Awa. Patricia is a major New Zealand novelist, short story writer & children’s writer. In 2007 she received a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature.